School reverses decision about flying the flag after community jumped into action

When a South Carolina high school student was told he couldn’t display the American flag from his vehicle, much of the town rose up in protest, turning a local story into national news.

York Comprehensive High School administrators are now reversing their previous decision, which forced Peyton Robinson,18, to remove Old Glory and the POW/MIA flag he flew from his pickup truck.

Jason Crump, whose daughter also attends the school, appeared on “Fox & Friends” Friday explaining why he participated in Thursday’s demonstration.

“We as Americans have lost so much already,” Crump told co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

“We didn’t stand up for prayer, we lost prayer in school. We didn’t stand up for the 10 Commandments, we lost that in the courthouse,” he explained. “But when you start talking about the flag that so many [have] died for and these students wanting to honor the flag, of course us as parents [are] going to stand behind them.”

Crump added that he was “blown away” when he showed up for the Thursday morning protest.

“The road across from the school was already packed with supporters from the community,” he said, adding that they had arrived as early as “five or six that morning.”

The school district listened and responded immediately. It posted on its Facebook page:

Over the last 24 hours, an issue has been brought to light regarding our policy of flags not being allowed on our students’ vehicles in the student parking lot.

Due to the outstanding display of patriotism through peaceful demonstration, it is apparent to us that many are not happy about this policy. School officials have reviewed the standing policy regarding flags and have decided that an exception will be made for the American flag, as long as the size of the flag(s) does not create a driving hazard.

As administrators of York Comprehensive High School, we are extremely passionate Americans and have deep seated feelings of patriotism. We promote the good citizenship in our classrooms, fly the American flag in our rooms, in front of the building, and on our athletic fields. We have a student lead the pledge of allegiance every morning.

We appreciate the passion and pride of all who have called or come by YCHS over the past 24 hours. America was founded by Patriots who led positive change in a myriad of ways. We believe today is a great example of peaceful demonstration leading to positive change. This is the very process we advocate in our Social Studies classrooms and the fabric of American citizenship. Thank you for helping us as we educate the students of our community

Here’s the local coverage of the demonstration, via WIST:

wistv.com – Columbia, South Carolina

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